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Advent

In which The Mother sends an advent calendar


Despite my age, my mother still makes sure to send me an advent calendar every year. I’m not quite sure why she feels the need. She buys me one, sends it, we remember to open the doors for a few days, then leave it and suddenly remember, around the 20th, that we now have a few weeks worth of chocolate to eat. So far this year we’ve opened it every day, but I’m not really sure how long that’s going to last.

When I was small, of course, I got one every year – but always kept the previous years’. This was in the days before chocolate advent calendars – or, at least, the days before my mother felt it worth buying chocolate advent calendars, which I didn’t start receiving until the 90s. Back when I was a child, every year on the first of December the advent calendar collection would be stuck up on the doors of the house, and every day thereafter I’d run around the house opening each day’s doors. We did, after a few years, start running out of doors.

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3 comments on “Advent”

  1. Jayne says:

    Oh, traditional advent calendars! Me and my older brother shared an advent calendar, and we used to race eachother down the stairs to be the first to open the door and see the picture hiding behind. I remember this being a whole lot more exciting than chocolate calendars, to be honest!

  2. Forest Pines says:

    I’m sure the makers of modern chocolately calendars don’t put as much effort into the pictures behind the doors. They seem to assume – probably rightly – that the child cares about the chocolate and nothing else.

    And the chocolate’s usually cheap nasty stuff too!

  3. […] few weeks ago, I wrote about the advent calendar my mother sent us: So far this year we’ve opened it every day, but I’m not really sure how long that’s going to […]

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